Carrot Cake Pancakes

March 31, 2017

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Could their be a better Easter breakfast?? Probably not. These Carrot Cake Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze taste just like a piece of carrot cake! So in other words I’m totally smitten. Carrot cake for breakfast is pretty much all of my dreams come true, and I now have another favorite to add to my weekend breakfast rotation.

Carrot Cake Pancakes

These pancakes are soft and fluffy and perfectly moist, they are also perfectly spiced. The first time I made them I started with about half the spices and they weren’t near as good. It’s crazy what a bit of cinnamon can do.

You may find the method for these pancakes a little out of the norm, as in sauteing a veggie isn’t something you normally do for pancakes. But if you saute the carrots first it guarantees that you’ll end with soft fully cooked carrots in your pancakes.

And I just used the butter –  I was going to add to the pancakes so it’s not like they needed extra butter because of the sauteing. But who am I kidding, we aren’t going for a healthy breakfast here – we are going for a celebratory holiday breakfast here!

Note that the batter will be pretty thick, once you mix in the dry ingredients it will thicken right up. With that said don’t just drop your batter onto the griddle or pan an expect it to thin out, you’ll have to spread the batter using on offset spatula or just the bottom of the measuring cup you used to drop the batter.

Other than that everything else is pretty straight forward. Now add them to your Easter brunch menu and just be sure to spoon or drizzle over plenty of that cream cheese glaze!

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Carrot Cake Pancakes

These decadent pancakes taste just like carrot cake! They're light and fluffy and brimming with sweet cinnamon and carrots. I highly recommend serving with this cream cheese glaze to finish them off. 
Servings: 12
Prep15 minutes
Cook15 minutes
Ready in: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (6.8 oz) finely shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) unsalted butter, diced into 1 Tbsp pieces, plus more for griddle
  • 2 cups (10 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (355ml) buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) packed light-brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 8 oz cream cheese , softened
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups (8.4 oz) powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Saute carrots: Melt butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Once butter is melted add carrots and saute just until tender, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside until cool (now is a good time to prepare glaze).
  • Preheat griddle: Heat an electric griddle to 375 degrees (or you can use two non-stick skillets to cook the pancakes, wait to preheat over medium heat until you're almost ready to cook them). 
  • Whisk dry ingredients: In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 20 seconds. 
  • Whisk wet ingredients: In a separate mixing bowl whisk together buttermilk, milk, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. 
  • Mix in carrots then flour mixture: Add carrot mixture to buttermilk mixture and whisk to combine. Add flour mixture into buttermilk mixture and whisk just until combined (careful not to over-mix or pancakes won't be as fluffy).
  • Cook on griddle: Butter griddle or skillets and drop about 1/3 cup batter at a time onto griddle (batter will be thick) then spread into an even round, about 5-inches wide. Cook until bottom is golden brown then flip and cook opposite side until golden brown.
  • Repeat process until all of the batter has been used up. Serve warm topped with cream cheese glaze and pecans.
  • For the cream cheese glaze: In a mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth and fluffy. Mix in powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract.
Nutrition Facts
Carrot Cake Pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 394 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 329mg14%
Potassium 262mg7%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 3295IU66%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 122mg12%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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27 Comments

  • Karen

    I’m sure you meant – drop 1/3 C. batter not butter onto griddle…….

    I had just been wondering what to serve for Easter breakfast. Now I know!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Haha yes, sorry I didn’t notice that thanks for pointing it out! Although 1/3 cup butter might make tasty pancakes lol!

  • Katrina

    These are amazing! almost better than carrot cake itself! in fact this recipe with the cream cheese syrup is now a family tradition for special birthday or holiday breakfasts. I use this recipe to show my carrot cake loving husband and son how much i love them… So thank you!!

  • Pat

    These came out great!! I added walnuts in them. My only issue were the carrots. How do you make them more “done” mine still came out raw once the pancake was cooked

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      You could try mincing them in a food processor so they are finely chopped up, then they should be able to be cooked through in a short period of time. Or you could try steaming them for a little while first, then draining on paper towels then cool and add to the mixture. I hope that helps!

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  • raizy

    I made these pancakes today for breakfast and omg! Yummm! I made them with whole wheat flour and less sugar and they were still delicious and healthy! My kids wouldn’t touch carrots but they devoured these! Such a great feeling! Thanks for another great recipe! I absolutely adore your blog!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’m so glad you and your kids liked these pancakes Raizy, and I’m so happy to hear you like my blog! Thanks for your comment :)!

  • Brandy

    DELICIOUS!!! My 19 month old devoured it and he’s in the picky stage. My husband and I enjoyed every bite as well…. super moist and very tantalizing. Thank You!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      You’re welcome Brandy! I’m so glad your family liked these! Thanks for your comment!

  • katrina

    I made these for my husband for a special birthday breakfast and these will now be a birthday tradition as my family loved them! The cream cheese syrup is amazing!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      That’s great to hear Katrina! How sweet of you to make them for your husband for his bday, lucky guy =).

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